Lismore Software Systems on Thursday announced the release of Guest PC v1.5, an updated version of its PC emulation software for Mac OS X. The new version focuses on improvement networking, according to the developer. A free update for registered users, Guest PC v1.5 costs US$69.99.
Guest PC emulates the inner workings of an X86 computer on the Macintosh. It doesn’t include Windows, however, so it costs much less than Microsoft’s competitive Virtual PC software. You can install Windows and run Windows applications after installing Guest PC, according to Lismore.
Networking improvements include a fix for AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station DHCP addressing problems. Also improved in this release if file exchange speed — up to 20 times, said the developer. Networking speed has been increased also.
The new 1.5 version resolves an inability to install Windows 98/Me updates, fixes Windows 98 and BeOS 5 crashes and makes other changes as well. Windows installation is up to 30 percent faster in this new release, sound output in Windows Me/2000/XP has been improved, and 1.5 also touts better stability and compatibility.
System requirements call for a G3 or better processor, Mac OS X v10.3 or later, 2GB or more free hard disk space, 256MB RAM, 1024 x 768 display, CD or DVD drive. Included with the software is a “family license” that allows you to install Guest PC on all computers in your family.